July 23, 2024

As the school year comes to an end, the election season begins. It’s that time of year again to vote for the eight people who will serve as the Conestoga Students Inc. board of directors in September.

Voting will take place from March 19-23 through student email. Don’t be surprised to see candidates scraping for every possible vote this week around campus as campaigning ends this Friday.

“They are able to use posters, displays and word of mouth,” said CSI president Ciara Byrne regarding the rules of campaigning. “They are unable to use social media other than the mediums CSI uses for the candidates.”

The student vote for the CSI election has been dismal over the past few years. Last year only 600 people voted which is just over six per cent of the student population eligible to vote. Only
full-time students are able to vote. Byrne said students may not be voting because they have no idea an election is going on or they simply don’t use their student email.

“Students should vote because the directors represent all the students to the college, the city and province. They want to have people that they trust and know will do a good job,” she said.

The board of directors is in charge of everything student related, including some renovations around campus, pub nights and overall college atmosphere. Students who run for a spot on the board of directors are usually in business-related programs. Next year there will be a separate board for the directors without any connection to the operations of the corporation. As a result, CSI
may hire full-time interns to fill in for the various responsibilities and tasks no longer performed by the departing directors.